Orange is the New Black Wiki

Sophia Burset

320pages on
this wiki

LuschekEp4A This article is under construction.
You can help the Orange is the New Black Wiki by expanding it or providing any additional information on it.
Sophia Burset
Sophias1promo2 crop
Portrayed by
Laverne Cox
M. Lamar (Marcus)
Appeared in
Mentioned in
First mentioned
First seen
Last mentioned
S1 - S3
Episode count
Flashback episode(s)

Sophia Burset
Crystal Burset (Wife)
Michael Burset (son)
Unnamed Father (Deceased)
Credit card fraud
Hair Salon (Litchfield)
Bunk Mate(s)
{{{Bunk Mate}}}
Member of
Also known as
Cause of death
 Sophia Burset is an inmate at Litchfield Penitentiary who works as the prison's hairdresser. She is portrayed by actress Laverne Cox. She is currently serving her time at the SHU.


Before Litchfield Edit

M. lamar

M. Lamar as Sophia pre-transition (Marcus) in "Lesbian Request Denied".

Before transitioning, Sophia was a firefighter named Marcus and was married to Crystal, with whom she had a son. To pay for her sex-reassignment operations, she stole credit cards, boosting them to finance her surgeries. Throughout the entire process, her unknowing wife stuck by her, while their son, Michael, had difficulty accepting that his biological father was transgender and decided to get back at her by informing the police of her crime.

Season One Edit

Sophia has to contend with being the only trans woman in the prison and bearing the brunt of all the transphobia directed at her by both inmates and staff.

Sophia appears to have an ongoing rivalry with Danita, who also runs a hair salon at Litchfield.

It's revealed that she had been in Litchfield for 2 years prior to Season 2.


Season Two Edit

She applied for furlough when her father had a lung transplant that didn't take. Sophia had a very distant relationship with her father after her transition, but when he started dying, he began to accept her and even called her his daughter (Appropriately Sized Pots).

Season Three Edit

Throughout much of the season Sophia and Gloria feel the helplessness that comes with being a mother behind bars, after Gloria asks that her son, Benny, be given rides up to the prison. Shortly after, Sophia's son Michael starts swearing, acting belligerent and getting into fights, which causes Sophia to blame his actions on Benny being a bad influence on her son. Angered, Sophia retracts the offer to give Benny rides to the prison. It's later revealed that the bad behavior was Michael's doing, not Benny's, which just causes tempers to flare even more between Sophia and Gloria. Later, their fight leads to Gloria and Aleida spreading transphobic rumors about Sophia, causing Sophia to be harassed and attacked by a number of inmates. She later threatens to sue Litchfield Prison for low security and control. This blows up in her face, however when she is sent to the SHU for"her own protection".


Personality Edit

Sophia is a friendly person in general, and enjoys doing her makeup and fixing inmates' hair. She stands by her beliefs and is stubborn to get what she wants.


Physical AppearanceEdit

Relationships Edit

Family Edit

Friends Edit

Enemies Edit

Memorable QuotesEdit

"You have some fucked up priorities."
— Sophia Burset
"I can take good care of you... but even if you don't go to me, don't go to Danita! She will burn the shit out of your scalp."
— Sophia Burset
"Human beings aren't supposed to live like this."
— Sophia Burset
"Holy shit. I look hot."
— Sophia Burset
"I don't do sausage on my breakfast sandwich."
— Sophia Burset
"I knew them bitches was lying when they said you left here looking like Omar from The Wire."
— Sophia Burset
"'Please' is for commissary hoes and Oliver Twist."
— Sophia Burset
"If I would've seen him, I don't know, may have felt like closure. But we don't get a lot of that in this life now, do we."
— Sophia Burset


Season 1Edit

Promotional PicturesEdit

Season 2Edit

Promotional PicturesEdit


Sophia1 Sophia3 Sophia4 Sophia5
Sophia6 Sophia7
Sophia8 Sophia9

Trivia: Edit

  • Sophia's character is based on a real transgender inmate in Piper Kermans book named Vanessa, however Kerman changed her name to Vanessa to protect her identity.
  • Pre-transition Sophia (Marcus) was played by Cox's twin brother M. Lamar. 

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki